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has anybody been to queen of the night

I have been to QOTN 2ice - mainly because a friend performs in it.

It is what i believe is now called "immersive theatrical experience" a bit like cirque du soleil but interactive, not with one or two randomly selected spectators only, but with virtually every guest . And immersive it is... what with the actors and acrobats taking you aside, telling you things, ordering you to do things, and more (... but if you feel uncomfortable, you can always say - no thank you). For me, the first time was a lot of fun and the acrobatics were impressive. The story line is relatively simple, but the way it is performed can leave you surprises you, amuses you, and at the end one feels happy overall. The second time, was not so much fun... because , well, i was not surprised anymore.

I have to say i was very impressed (in the sense that i was not expecting it) by the quality of the food, which i served a bit like medieval feast. Tables, which are communal, get served randomly huge ribs, or a big basket of lobsters, or an entire suckling pig, with sides. At a table in the centre there is a delicious risotto-type paella and entire roasted cauliflowers. The trick is whatever you get is usually too big for the table, so you then trade part of it with what other tables have, or just go get some of the veggy stuff. The meats are v. good, the wines are not too bad, the cocktails are good - if a tad simple (but you normally pay for those, if you have more than the one served at the entrance).

all in all, yes , why not, try it out once. It can be a fun night, especially if you are in a group, and a bit extroverted.

Nov 19, 2014
Radhish in Manhattan

Murray's Rotisserie Chickens

PS Rotisserie Georgette is now open. Stumbled in it by chance on what seems to have been its official opening night. Chicken is divine and plentiful. I had the mushroom stuffed one served with seared foie gras and it was to die for... (literally!)... and i am not even a chicken fan. It is not a market but they do take away and delivery, says the menu ... AND, if you are a party of 8, and pre-order, they also do a whole suckling pig on the spit .. now I will have a tough time deciding between the bird and the pig ...

Nov 12, 2013
Radhish in Manhattan

Not too Chinese, Chinese resto

My folks are coming to visit from abroad and want to have Chinese food.
They had liked Chinatown brasserie, I guess because it was more westernized/seemingly upscale. That closed. Anything comparable but still good?
Ps MCF or even red farm won't do because of the wait ....
Thanks

Sep 06, 2013
Radhish in Manhattan

Noise, deafening noise

I completely sympathize, even though my hearing is fine I don't understand how one can enjoy food, let alone company, when the environment is too loud, because of music, patroons or both. Here are some of the tactics I use: 1 avoid places where bachelorette/girls night out dinners take place, 2 go for dinner at odd hours, either super early or super late, 3 go Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, avoid other days, 4 get a group together and ask for private dining rooms.... you'd be surprised how easy it is to get one .... I got one last minute last night at the standard grill and had a fantastic meal and conversation with my friends. Other than that, I fInd that, despite the music, Riverpark, Edi and the wolf in the secondary room, Artisanal in the cheese room, la Bergamote at 1030, la Esquina cafe before 8 pm, and Hangawi are some among a few places where I go to have a nice -quieter- meal ....

Mar 24, 2013
Radhish in Manhattan

Farro: perlato (polished) and decorticato (spelt)

Hello,

Usually it is written on the packet, if it s perlato. Anyway, here is where you can find it or sure ('cause i have bought it): Eataly and Bella Italia (chelsea market) - but also any Italian specialty store (Todaro's, Agata and Valentina, etc.).

PS Soups can be done with the normal / whole farro - but will take lonher to cook (soo you should cook it first in a pressure cooker) and will be richer. For "farrotto" - risotto made with farro (YUM!) you'd better use the perlato one.

ciao

Nov 17, 2012
Radhish in Manhattan

New to Murray Hill and need: local pub, cheap lunches, croissants, date nights, delivery

Hello, I live in the area too and I am afraid to say, it is a bit of a culinary desert. Anyway, here a few spots you may want to try out:

Pubs - waterfront ale house on 30th and 2nd has quite a good selection of beer (though not all on tap) and the burgers and pulled pork buns are quite yummy, the rest of the food is nothing out of the ordinary (chiken tenders etc.). It is not a frat place at all, I think - check it out ...

Bundling up fresh/delivery/not too expensive - Republic (union square) delivers and has fresh tasting thai-ish food. The Turkish Kitchen has some pretty good mezze type choices and salads (and might be also good for the less adventurous). Penelope's is a brunch type place that might be good to take visiting folks or a date to. Depending on where you live, you may fall within the delivery area of Num Pang (http://www.numpangnyc.com/index.php/l...) which has some v. good salads and sandwiches. Croissant-wise - nothing comes to mind - to be frank. Rumour has it that we will soon have a Fairway's in the hood - some say their almond croissants are good.

My suggestion is: if you walk just a few blocks/10 mins - you can b in union square or gramercy - with infinititely more and better choices - so mentally expand your hood and you'll survive ;-).

Nov 16, 2012
Radhish in Manhattan

Best Octopus in Manhattan?

I second rcc. The appetizer at riverpark, with clams, is really interesting and moves away from the tomatoes+ type dressing. And once I really had the entire baby octupus on my dish, head tentacles and all . . . Very cute.

Sep 12, 2012
Radhish in Manhattan

Quiet - non-deafening restaurants in Manhattan on a Saturday

Ok tx, can choose from a few now. Does anyone know how l'ecole is?

Sep 12, 2012
Radhish in Manhattan

Quiet - non-deafening restaurants in Manhattan on a Saturday

Artisanal would have been ok, food-wise - including because it is close to veryone's abode, but I agree 100 percent with Spiritchaser that it is INSANELY loud at peak times and Sat pm would qualify as such - something to do with the high ceiling i was told. I tried reserving the small room off the side, but it only can fit 4 people ;-( ... so nope... Artisanal won't do ...

Sep 12, 2012
Radhish in Manhattan

Quiet - non-deafening restaurants in Manhattan on a Saturday

TX, food looks interesting and place elegant. Any others?

Sep 12, 2012
Radhish in Manhattan

Quiet - non-deafening restaurants in Manhattan on a Saturday

I know this topic has been broached before, but I am not finding any recent thread on it. So, here it goes again: which are some quiet restaurants, where one can have an enjoyable dinner, good food, AND conversation without loud music and obnoxiously loud patrons?

Here is the setting: my parents are coming to town and will meet my partner’s parents, their age rage is late 60s early 70s, they are from three different countries so, because of the language barrier, we need them to actually hear each other (or maybe not? ;-). My father is a foodie, so we also want some good food.

Here some specifics: Price range – say 80/90 per person (wine excluded). Cuisine – pretty open (maybe not classic Italian as my mum is Italian and a good/discerning cook). Day – alas, a Saturday. Location – flexible (with a preference for mid/upper).

Is this mission impossible? Should we just stay at home?

Sep 12, 2012
Radhish in Manhattan

Let's talk favorite restaurants! Need ideas for this month's fooding.

I am Italian (doesn't mean i have the finest of palates of course) but my favourite not too high end spots in the city are: Il Buco (both locations) and Osteria Morini is not bad either. i find that in both these places I have found dishes - especially amongst the starters and primis - that are quite authentic. In BK, Al Di La was not bad, but have not been there in a while.

Aug 04, 2012
Radhish in Manhattan